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Title: Feverish
Author: [livejournal.com profile] sainnis
Series: Bleach
Pairing: Ishida Uryuu/Kurosaki Ichigo
Rating: R (injury and language)
Word Count: 1,876
Disclaimer: Bleach belongs to Kubo Tite, who also has amazing taste in modern acrylic furniture. All characters depicted in sexual situations in this post/fanfiction/fanart (including material in the comments) are fictional and are intended to be and considered to be by the author of said material of the legal age of consent in the United States state of California, regardless of what age these characters may be in the material they are derived from.

Summary: Uryuu gets a spectacular cold, and Ichigo is distracted and worried. Cue some hurt for both of them, but comfort as well. Medschool!boys.
Notes: So this fic was written for [livejournal.com profile] pony_rocks, because she's had a crazy new year. Hopefully this bit of h/c will bring a smile to your face! I must confess in my haste to get this posted, it has not been beta'd, so all mistakes (including medical ones!) are mine. :3



Ichigo landed unsteadily on the balcony, holding onto the railing for a moment as he caught his breath. He reached up with his free hand, pressing his palm against his neck to stem the flow of blood. The wound burned like hell.

It was carelessness, pure and simple. There was no other explanation for the fact an ordinary Hollow of meager power and less intelligence had come quite close to doing Ichigo some serious damage. Ichigo exhaled, staring down at the quiet street below. This was his third night in a row on patrol, and after classes and anatomy labs all day, the lack of sleep was beginning to wear him down.

He stepped silently into the flat, careful not to get blood on the carpet; Uryuu hated that. Stopping to grab a towel from the bath—always black towels for him—he pushed open the door to the bedroom to find Uryuu curled up beside Ichigo’s body.

Ichigo almost turned and left, thinking that perhaps Uryuu was finally sleeping, but he heard Uryuu weakly murmur his name.

“I hoped you’d be asleep,” Ichigo said softly, coming closer to Uryuu’s side of the bed. With his left hand, he kept the towel pressed against his wound, and with the other, he touched Uryuu’s forehead. “How are you feeling?”

“Like death.” Uryuu coughed violently, his breathing harsh.

Ichigo picked up the glass of water beside the bed, sighing. “You didn’t drink anything.”

“I did.” Uryuu coughed again miserably. “Threw it up.”

“You have to keep trying.”

Uryuu peered up at him, squinting, and then struggled to pull one pale arm from underneath the sheets, scrabbling to pick up his glasses from the nightstand. After putting them on, he looked up at Ichigo, frowning. “You’re hurt.”

“It’s nothing. A scratch.”

“Let me see it.”

“No.” Ichigo touched Uryuu’s forehead again. “Your fever still didn’t break.”

“I know.” Uryuu shuddered, his body wracked with chills. The fever had been going on for three days straight, and he was barely able to keep ice chips down.

“I think we should call your father.”

“No fucking way.”

“How about mine?”

“It’s a cold. I’ll be fine tomorrow.” Uryuu’s cough returned with a vengeance, and then a ghastly expression came over his face as he gestured towards the bucket nearby. Ichigo barely got it in front of Uryuu in time.

When Uryuu finally finished, Ichigo took the bucket away, and then wiped Uryuu’s mouth with a damp cloth. “I’m really worried about you.”

“I’m not the one bleeding.”

“No, you’re the one who’s dehydrated and can’t stand up.” Ichigo sighed, letting his free hand rest lightly on Uryuu’s thin chest, feeling it rise and fall with his rough breathing. Uryuu’s nightshirt was damp with sweat, clinging to his ribs.

“I don’t like the look of you.” Ichigo rose to his feet, one hand still pressed against his wound. “I’m getting you some medicine. I’ll be back as soon as I can.”

“The drugstore is closed, and there’s nothing at the mini-mart that’ll help.” Uryuu waved a hand at him weakly. “Don’t worry about me.”

“I always worry about you.” Ichigo crossed to the bathroom, haphazardly taping gauze over his neck. It was an ugly dressing, but at least it would stem the blood. Returning to Uryuu’s side, he kissed his fevered temple. “Be right back.”

“Don’t you want your body?” Uryuu looked up, his head resting on Ichigo’s chest.

Ichigo grinned, taking off Uryuu’s glasses and setting them safely on the bedside table. “I’m faster in this one. Besides, you look comfortable. Try to drink something while I’m gone.”

Stepping out onto the balcony, Ichigo jumped into the night sky, flash stepping his way across Karakura Town. If Uryuu hadn’t been so sick, and Ichigo wasn’t feeling dead on his feet already, he might have been able to enjoy the sensation of the wind blasting by him, the roar in his ears. Instead he focused on getting across town as quickly as possible, and with his destination in sight, he put on a final burst of speed.

There was a rooftop on the third floor of the hospital where some of the residents liked to smoke, and there was almost always a bit of wood jammed between the door and the frame to keep it open. Ichigo landed hard on the roof, and then smiled as he tested the door. He slipped inside quietly, and then laughed at himself. No one can see you.

Making his way through the halls of patient rooms, he stayed out of the way of the bleary-eyed nurses and overtired interns. He waited a few minutes until he heard someone mutter about going into the supply room, and he smiled. Without his ID card, he’d have to break in to one of the secure rooms where the more powerful drugs were kept, and he didn’t want to draw any attention than necessary. Following behind a third-year, he slipped behind her into the room, waiting until she retrieved the dosage she needed and then left.

Ichigo blinked in the fluorescent lights, looking through the shelves. Some of the names of the medications were unfamiliar to him; his father didn’t have access to most of these, and he hadn’t taken Pharmacology yet. He reached for his phone, and then realized he was in the wrong body. “Fuck.”

He heard the ID swiper outside the door beep twice, and Ichigo turned around to see someone coming into the room. You’re so fucking jumpy. No one can see you in here! Ichigo went back to searching the shelves, hoping something would look familiar.

A cold voice spoke behind him. “Kurosaki. Imagine finding you in here.”

Ichigo hissed through his teeth. “Shit. I mean, good evening, sir.” Ichigo turned, bobbing his head at Uryuu’s father.

Ryuuken’s head tilted slightly, staring at Ichigo’s neck. “Did you bandage that yourself?”

“I was in a hurry. Sir.”

“That’s a relief. I was concerned my son had performed such shoddy work.” Ryuuken took a step towards him. “Are you dealing with the effects of blood loss from your injury, or is your reiatsu awareness really so weak?”

“Can we just chalk it up to a combination of both?” Ichigo sighed, reaching up to touch the gauze over his neck. It was soaked through. Fuck. “I’m actually not here on my own account, sir. Uryuu’s been sick, and I’m concerned about him.”

“You believe you are qualified to treat him?”

“I believe he’s too proud to come to you.”

Ryuuken’s eyes narrowed, but he nodded. “What are his symptoms?”

Ichigo explained Uryuu’s condition, answering Ryuuken’s questions as best he could. Ryuuken listened, his face impassive, and then crossed the room to retrieve some medication.

“I’m giving you several doses, but one will likely be enough. This will stop the nausea.” He held out some small glass vials and syringes wrapped in plastic. “These should be given in the dorsogluteal muscle. I am sure you are well acquainted with that.”

Ichigo took the medicine, biting his lip to keep from saying something he’d regret later. He finally managed a quick thanks before turning to leave.

“I’m not finished. Once you administer the injection, he needs aspirin to control the fever. If it goes more than five degrees above normal, or the nausea doesn’t stop, then you must call me immediately.” Ryuuken flicked out a business card, handing it to Ichigo. “This has my personal cell. He probably doesn’t have the number in his phone.”

“Thank you, sir. I promise I will call if that happens.” He nodded, and then took a step towards the door.

“Kurosaki, stop inching towards the exit. Your wound needs treatment.”

Ichigo felt his stomach clench. “It’s going to be fine. Just needs a new bandage.”

“If your diagnosing skills are so poor, then perhaps we need to re-evaluate your place in the Karakura program.” Ryukken pulled a chair out from along the wall and pointed at it. “Sit. I don’t have long, and if you keep me waiting any further, I won’t use an anesthetic.”

Ichigo sighed. He’d learned long ago that he couldn’t easily rebuff an Ishida.

***

Ichigo landed on the balcony once more, his breath coming fast from the exertion of flash-stepping. He could still feel a dull throb from his wound, but Ryuuken had done an expert job stitching it up. He opened the door, and then hurried to the bedroom, finding Uryuu still curled up with Ichigo’s body.

“Uryuu. Hey. It’s me.”

Uryuu flinched in his sleep, and then turned toward Ichigo, blinking his eyes. “You smell like the hospital.”

“Sorry. I brought you some medicine.”

Fumbling for his glasses, Uryuu put them on and looked carefully at Ichigo. “You stole from my dad?”

Ichigo shrugged. “Not exactly.”

“That’s a new bandage on your neck.”

“I, um, had a little help.”

Uryuu groaned. “You saw my father.”

“He found me. I swear that man does not sleep. He stitched me up, though, and he gave me medicine to help you.” Ichigo held up one of the vials. “See?”

“That doesn’t look like pills.”

“It’s not. Just a quick shot.”

Uryuu glared at him. “In the ass, no doubt.”

“It’ll be really quick, and then you’ll feel much better. I promise.” Ichigo prepared the injection, and then patted Uryuu’s shoulder. “Come on. Turn over.”

“You are enjoying this entirely too much.”

“I am not. You should be grateful it’s me here and not your father.”

“Fine.” Uryuu did as asked, and Ichigo pulled down the waistband of Uryuu’s pajama pants, wiping his skin with an alcohol swab. “You want me to warn you or something? Like a one, two, three?”

“I’ve had my fucking arm cut off before, Ichigo. Just do it!”

“I was just trying to be nice.” Ichigo gave him the shot, and then helped Uryuu back under the covers. “He said it might make you kind of sleepy.”

“I can’t believe you consorted with the enemy.” Uryuu coughed violently, trying to catch his breath.

“At least the enemy didn’t stitch you up and quiz you the entire time. It’s not easy to concentrate when your boyfriend’s dad is sticking a needle in your neck.”

Uryuu looked puzzled. “Didn’t your father quiz you whenever he performed any sort of medical procedure on you?”

Not for the first time, Ichigo mentally thanked whatever gods were responsible for allowing him to be Shinigami and not Quincy. Also for not having Ryuuken as a father. “Not really.”

Uryuu curled up against Ichigo’s body. “It’s weird to lay here on top of you and yet be able to see you sitting on the bed next to me.”

“It’s weird for me too. Like I feel like I should be able to feel you touching me, but I can’t.” Ichigo climbed next to his body, and then slipped back inside, feeling the strange push/pull as his soul slid back into place.

“That’s so much better.” Uryuu exhaled, his arm tightening around Ichigo’s ribs. He settled his head more comfortably on Ichigo’s chest. “I missed your heartbeat. When your soul is gone, I can’t hear it.”

Ichigo kissed the top of Uryuu’s head. “Just get better, okay?”

Uryuu yawned, closing his eyes. “Okay.”

on 2011-02-26 11:15 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] kiyala.livejournal.com
Awwwwww!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 :D Best way to start the day!

on 2011-02-28 04:27 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] sainnis.livejournal.com
YAY! How cool is it we both made each other's mornings this week with new fic? Thank you for all the ♥!!!

on 2011-02-27 01:02 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] their-darkness.livejournal.com
<333 Lovely! And I'm so glad to see some activity in the comm!

on 2011-02-28 04:28 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] sainnis.livejournal.com
Aw! Thank you!! I know, it's so exciting to see Ichigo and Uryuu getting fic love. :3
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on 2011-02-28 04:29 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] sainnis.livejournal.com
You are too adorable! I hope when you read it that you like it, but until then, thanks for your sweet comment! ♥

on 2011-02-27 03:30 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] qchanlover.livejournal.com
aaaaww I just adored the interaction betweend ryu and ichi X3

on 2011-02-28 04:30 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] sainnis.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! I haven't written much with Ryuuken in the past, so I was a bit nervous about his characterization. I'm so glad their scene worked for you...it was surprisingly fun to write. :D

on 2011-02-27 09:18 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] pony-rocks.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! ♥

I was really looking forward to this and expected a feat, but this was even better than I imagined! I love how you do ichi/ishi hc, you know that, but what I love most is how they still stay in character so well! Especially Uryuu, because it's so easy to turn him into a weepy uke, but you make him hurt AND still so cool. And Ryuuken - ah, splendid!
Again, thanks so much! It definitely did bring a smile to my face. :D

on 2011-02-28 04:33 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] sainnis.livejournal.com
You are so completely welcome! ♥ I started this awhile back, but then RL smacked me around a bit, so I got waylaid. This weekend, though, I got some much needed time alone, and this fic poured out of me. It was such a good feeling to write i/i again, and your prompt was perfect!

I am so glad you liked the fic, and I really appreciate your incredibly kind words. Thanks for always being so supportive!

on 2011-02-28 12:21 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] pony-rocks.livejournal.com
RL always smacks one hard, eh? :)

Not at all, really! Deserved praise is deserved! ♥

on 2011-02-27 09:26 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] pony-rocks.livejournal.com
I commented on the other post, but at least one more 'thank you' comes here, too! ♥

on 2011-02-27 09:27 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] pony-rocks.livejournal.com
Ah, ha. Stupid me.
But I'll let the comment stay. :D

on 2011-02-27 10:24 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nehalenia.livejournal.com
Ahh, this was so nice! I love h/c with these two. With their rivalry and personalities, sometimes it takes being sick or injured to take the "edge" off and allow the other one to show some tenderness. I loved the Ryuuken cameo and his line about "I'm sure you're familiar with that". XDD Great job!

on 2011-02-28 04:37 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] sainnis.livejournal.com
Neha! I'm so glad you liked it! You are so right...h/c is what makes them let their guard down and show a bit of sweetness. Ryuuken...that line got stuck in my head and I couldn't help but put it in. XD

P.S. YOUR PROMPT IS MY NEXT FIC, BB! :3

on 2011-02-28 04:37 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] sainnis.livejournal.com
Thank you!! ♥♥♥

on 2011-02-27 12:01 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] bloodandpepper.livejournal.com
Honey, that had been sweet! I loved Ryuuken's cameo!

on 2011-02-28 04:39 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] sainnis.livejournal.com
:D I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Ryuuken is sort of sadistically fun to write...that scene with him and Ichigo made me giggle as I wrote it. Thank you so much!

on 2011-02-27 12:59 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] ca11iope.livejournal.com
Very nice! But really, that's no surprise. :)

on 2011-02-28 04:41 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] sainnis.livejournal.com
*blushes like mad* Seriously, you are too kind! I'm really glad you liked the fic. I am so happy to be writing more again. :3

on 2011-02-27 02:14 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nivell.livejournal.com
Omg, so awesome and adorable. Plus, Ichigo is getting along with his in-law. Lovely!

on 2011-02-28 04:42 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] sainnis.livejournal.com
XD Ryuuken is one BAMF in-law...good thing that Ichigo isn't one to get intimidated. Thank you for your sweet comment! ♥

on 2011-02-27 03:43 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] reicheruchan.livejournal.com
aw~~~~~~ so sweet!!!!!!

on 2011-02-28 04:44 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] sainnis.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! I can't help it; I am such a sucker for h/c fluffy fic. :3 Also, love your icon!

on 2011-02-28 07:12 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] shizukashadow.livejournal.com
This was exactly what I needed. Yay comfort fic, Ichigo and Ishida do it so well~ Your portrayal of them both is so natural and comforting, excellent job. You remind me why I like this pairing so much. :3 Thank you!

on 2011-03-06 02:56 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] sainnis.livejournal.com
Aw, thank you so much! I love these boys to bits, and I'm so glad the characterization worked for you. Thanks so much for your sweet comment! ♥

on 2011-02-28 11:16 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] kuro-wolf.livejournal.com
Read it in a hurry but had to read it! I love it, caring Ichigo is always a win for me~

on 2011-03-06 02:58 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] sainnis.livejournal.com
XD Thank you very much! I like when Ichigo does selfless things on Uryuu's behalf too. :3

on 2011-03-03 11:37 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] parvati4th.livejournal.com
I loved it!! That was so sweet ♥ And Ryuuken's appearance was definitely made of win =D And so are you, for writing such wonderful fics of these two \o/
I can't wait to read more from you ♥

on 2011-03-06 03:00 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] sainnis.livejournal.com
♥ Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm so glad you enjoyed the fic, and I'm glad Ryuuken's cameo made you smile. He is a hard character to pin down, but it was fun to imagine what he'd be like in this situation. ♥ I'm working on a new fic...hopefully it will be done soon! :3

on 2011-03-18 07:39 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] darkflametailz.livejournal.com
^_^ pure love!!! Great job! ;)

on 2011-03-20 03:03 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] sainnis.livejournal.com
Yay! Thank you so much!! ♥

on 2011-05-05 11:40 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] lola-tenshi.livejournal.com
This is so adorable, I love it!!! I love how you portray Ichigo and Uryuu's relationship while still managing to keep them fairly in character. I'm relatively new to the IchiIshi fandom, but your stories have already topped my favorites.

I also love how you brought Ryuuken into the story, and had him help Ichigo and Uryuu while still clearly keeping a distance.

I'd love to see how Ichigo's dad reacts to Ichigo and Uryuu's relationship. I kind of picture him as the type to randomly pop up in Ichigo's life to see how he's doing, but in his own strange and crazy way. :)

Excellent job! I look forward to any future stories that you post.

on 2011-05-31 02:10 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] sainnis.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! This is such a lovely comment. :D I have been a fan of Ichi/Ishi for a few years now, and I just love writing them.

You're very right...Isshin hasn't shown up in any of my stories yet! I will have to think about that; he's such a screwball and it would be fun to see him around. Thanks for mentioning that!

I'm working on something new now. It's been taking forever but hopefully it will come together soon. :) Thanks again for commenting! ♥

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